U.S. President Donald Trump has said he has been taking Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for “a couple of weeks” to help ward off COVID-19 infection. Trump taking HCQ was confirmed by The White House. The drug, traditionally used in the treatment of malaria, has not been proven to be effective against Coronavirus. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S.’s drug regulator, issued a warning about HCQ last month saying it should not be taken outside a hospital setting or clinical trial due to heart rhythm problems. The drug can sometimes have severe side effects, including arrhythmia, which can be fatal. He also confirmed that he was also taking a zinc supplement and had taken a single dose of azithromycin, an antibiotic.
India, a major producer of HCQ, had sent shipments of the drug to the U.S., days after Mr. Trump had asked India to lift a ban on the drug’s export. The U.S. has, according to Mr. Trump, stockpiled more than 29 million doses of HCQ.
In return to the lift of ban on HCQ export, US is donating 200 ventilators, valued at $2.6 million, to India.